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Being Prepared For Long Distance Riding

Long distance riding can be quite tricky so it is important that you are well prepared before setting off. This includes taking the right clothing and equipment to knowing where you will sleep and rest. The problem with long distance riding is that you will be a long way from home which makes it more vital that you have undertaken the correct preparation.

Knowing what to take depends on the length of the journey. It’s amazing how little is needed and can be packed in a small space. Forget bottles and go for sachet items as these are generally lighter. Obviously if you take medication you must include it, but if you can leave boxes behind and instead you can use self-seal sandwich bags as most tablets come in blister packs. Other things you should take include a basic first aid kit for your horse and yourself; your toothbrush and toothpaste. In addition, a penknife and some string will come in handy for tying gates shut or tying items to saddles. The penknife can also be used for picking out stones from hooves. Spare lightweight clothing packs down well and there’s no need to bother dressing for dinner! Light weight wet weather gear is more important. If you can’t change into something dry you need to keep dry. There’s nothing worse than being cold and wet (I still haven’t found a summer weight raincoat that doesn’t make me as wet inside as out from sweat). If you are planning on lighting a meth stove keep your matches dry in your pocket. Wrap everything in plastic bags to keep it dry. Don’t trust your saddle bags to do the job. The same goes with your money in a money belt, it can get wet with sweat!

In terms of saddle bags, this also depends on the length of your trip. There are some good ones that attach to the back/front of the saddle that are small and have good capacity. You can also get a larger pannier type for the longer journey but with these you need to weigh the items so the panniers are well balanced and it keeps the horse balanced to prevent you going round in circles again! I keep a list of what went where so I know roughly how to maintain it. For much longer trips you can take a packhorse with purpose made panniers. There are quite a few on the international market, but it is difficult finding them within the UK market. The weight distribution is really important as is the padding to prevent sores.

Start with shorter journeys to get the feel of it and learn from mistakes. If the journey is short it is easier to get help and return home should a problem arise. My Tennessee Walker did her first 100 miles (160kms) of a 260 mile (416kms) journey from South to North Wales and she was very tired from it, so we had to bring her home and fetch my more experienced part-bred Arab who finished the journey, missing a day’s ride in the process. Peruse your map and decide your route and distance, then divide it up into daily distances. If you are booking accommodation you can use the internet to search in those places for your destination. Otherwise wild camping is an alternative but you should still have an idea of where you will stop.

You can use computer mapping systems and print off your route. If you do this you can laminate the sheets to keep them dry within your map case. A good skill to have when long riding is to be able to read a compass especially where landmarks are scarce, but this is not easy on a horse! If you can’t map read you are lost from the beginning so go and get some tuition and practise exploring in safe locations. There are also some useful websites that can give you an idea with photographs of the route you have chosen and whether it is passable.

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Blanketing Basics

Depending on the part of the country in which you live – and your weatherperson’s forecast for this winter, you may be considering blanketing your horse. Other things you’ll want to consider are:

Whether he has access to shelter in rainy and windy weather

Horses actually can do quite well without a blanket in even the most harsh winter storms. Their coat fluffs up like a down blanket and can provide extra warmth and insulation. But if your horse gets wet and/or it gets windy, that wet coat isn’t going to fluff up at all and your horse can become chilled. However, with a shelter (3 sided works best) where he can get in out of the worst of the rain and wind, he can still manage quite nicely all winter without a blanket.

The age of your horse

As your horse gets older, his ability to keep warm can become diminished. Many older horses have trouble keeping weight on to give them that extra layer of fat for the winter. Many horses keep warm during the winter by the very act of eating and digesting hay. But if your older horse has dental problems that compromise this, he may not have that avenue to help keep warm. Finally, horses can keep warm just by moving around. But older horses often become arthritic or can develop navicular problems and their desire to walk around decreases, so they can become more chilled. Most older horses appreciate a blanket during the winter.

Whether your horse has been clipped

Depending on how “clipped” your horse is, he may need a blanket. Read recent Classic Equine Equipment’s blog () on types of winter clipping. A belly and neck clip may not require any extra blanketing, but the trace and other clips leave a lot of the horse’s shorn body exposed to the elements. Blanketing is a must.

If you decide to blanket, there are literally hundreds of choices out there – stable sheets, turnout blankets, coolers and more. Most horse owners I know have an extensive “wardrobe” for their horses – something for every occasion. But I’ve found that you can easily get by with just three essentials:

1.A fleece cooler or Irish knit anti-sweat sheet. There are other materials available, but I’ve found these to work the best. If you prefer something different, look for something that wicks away moisture from your horse and insulates against chill. These are the blankets you use after exercising your horse in the winter. He may still be a little damp and these blankets help continue to dry him off while keeping him warm.

2.A light weight turnout sheet. Skip the stable blankets and wool sheets. Even if your horse isn’t turned out during the winter now, someday you may be in a place where he is. Turnout sheets are waterproof so he can go out in less than perfect conditions and still stay dry and warm. Look for ones that say that they are “breathable.” Your horse may go out in the a.m. in a cool drizzle, but if it suddenly turns sunny, you don’t want him to start sweating in his cover-up. Breathable fabrics allow moisture to escape to avoid this.

3.A medium to heavy weight turnout blanket. The weight of this depends on your winters. Again, this should be of a waterproof, but breathable fabric.

With these three blanketing essentials, you can mix and layer to meet the weather needs of your horse:

Layering has been proven to provide more warmth than just one heavy cover because it traps warm air between the layers for added “toastiness.” The waterproofing of the sheet and blanket will also aide in insulation against the cold.

If you decide to blanket this winter, your horse will appreciate this winter wardrobe.

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Horse Racing Tips – 5 Strategies To Win Big

While everyone has heard of betting on horses, they might not have any idea outside of watching a movie or a television show how to go about it.

Here are five horse racing tips to consider:

1 – Betting Venues and Learning About the Track

First, find a horse racing track. This can be easily accomplished by performing an internet search in your area. Once you find your horse racing track, then find out its schedule and arrive at least a half hour early so that you can get to know the track.

Then, buy a racing program. The average cost for these programs is four dollars. You can learn more information about the horse and the about the jockey in the program. Another reason why you should get to the track early is because getting there early ensures that you can get a comfortable seat that allows for you to see the racing monitor.

The monitor will display race numbers, betting odds, and up to the moment info on the race that you need to pay attention to. Next, find the find the current race. The monitor will show the number of the current race.

2 – Tips to Select Your Horse

Here are your next set of horse racing tips. Pick a horse that you would like to bet on. Decide upon your horse based upon the chances of winning that the horse has. That will be found by the jockey’s name on the program. The horse’s race record will also be a factor as well in determining if you should pick them.

Also, pay attention to the odds that the horse has of winning the race. There will be a large number that shows next the information for the horse on the program that will tell you the odds of winning.

Next, consider the estimated outcome for the horse placing in the first three places. This information will be located at the top of the page. Then, consider the jockey, the trainer, and the owner’s win percentage. These numbers can be found on the back of the racing program.

3 – Betting Category Tips

The next thing that you need to know for horse racing betting is to select the type of bet that you would like to make. You can make a win bet, which means that you are betting on the horse that you are certain will win. There are certain categories of bets such as the:

Place bet: This means that your horse will place first or second place.

Show bet: This means that your horse will place first, second, or third.

Exacta: This bet means that you know the exact order that the first and the second place winner will come in at.

Quinella: This is the bet that is placed when a person predicts the first and the second place winner, but in any order.

Trifecta: This bet predicts the first, the second and the third place winner in the exact order.

Superfecta: This bet predicts the first, the second, the third, and the fourth place winner.

4 – Horse Racing Tips for Cash Winnings

Now that you have all of the information that you need, go place a bet with the betting cashier. You’ll get your ticket and the ticket has the betting information on it. Now, you get to watch the race and see which horse wins.

If your ticket is a winner, then give it to the cashier, and you will be paid a cash voucher in the amount of your winnings. If you are finished, then you cash in your vouchers for cash.

5 – One of the Most Important Horse Betting Tips: Don’t Bet More Than You Can Afford to Lose

Keep in mind that the safer bets on a horse will yield the least amount of cash earnings. That’s because there is no real risk in betting on a safe bet. The more risky the bet, the more cash you will win if the horse wins.

Having said this, keep in mind that people get in trouble when they bet more than what they can afford to lose. It’s best for you to start out with safe bets. You won’t win as much money, but you won’t get in trouble financially either.

Also, try to use your winnings to place future bets. You will spend the money that you win, but you won’t spend your all of your personal income either.

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Breeders Cup 2010

The 2010 Breeders Cup is right around the corner. This annual series of Graded Stakes racing operated by Breeders Cup ltd. Formed in 1982 it has been running since 1984. From 1984 to 2006 this was a single-day event, then starting in 2007 it became a two-day event. The location for the Breeders Cup changes each year. The race has been held in the United States every year except 1996 when it was held at Woodbine Racetrack in Canada. While the Breeders Cup doesn’t have the history of some of the other famous American horse races, it does have the money. Known as the richest day in sports when it was a one-day even, now as a two-day event it has lost that moniker to the Dubai World Cup Night, which features six races with a combined purse of $21 million. In 2008, a total of $17 million was awarded on the second day of the Cup. With the fifth highest attended horse race in North America, the Breeders Cup consistently outdraws all other stakes races. Having added 3 new races in 2008 the Cup will be awarding a total of $25.5 million over the two-day event, up from $23 million in 2007. The Breeders Cp Grand National Steeplechase is not actually operated by Breeders Cup Ltd, but in reality is run by National Steeplechase Association, which uses the “Breeders Cup” name in a licensing agreement. The 14 Breeders Cup Championship races allow a maximum of 14 starters, except the Dirt Mile, Juvenile Fillies Turf and Juvenile Turf which each limit the number of starters to 12. Over the history of the even the order of the races have changed many times. Traditionally the last two races are the Turf and the Classic. The 2008 event was the first, which the entirety of Day 1 was dedicated to races for fillies and mares, with Day 2 handing all the rest of the races. Starting in 2006 ESPN took over the Breeders Cup television contract for eight years. From its inception in 1984 to 2005 it was broadcast by NBC. The voice of the Breeders Cup is Trevor Denman, he too over for Tom Durkin in 2006. Durkin had called all the races from 1984 to 2005.

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